UP Energy Task Force

Energy task force discusses upcoming plans

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MARQUETTE, MI (MPRN)--   The UP Energy Task Force held its first meeting in Marquette this week to discuss energy needs in the Upper Peninsula.

At the meeting the 19-member board discussed what it hoped to tackle over the coming months.

Mike Prusi is with the Governor’s Northern Michigan Office. He says he’s interested in learning about rates.

“How did the UP end up with such disparate utility rates? Why do we pay more than pretty much anywhere else in the country?” he said.

LANSING, MI--   On Friday Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced appointments to the UP Energy Task Force.  

“I’m committed to ensuring UP residents have an energy supply that is affordable, secure, and environmentally sound,” said Whitmer. “The members of this task force have a wide variety of knowledge and perspectives, who will make recommendations to ensure the UP has a reliable propane supply and to identify solutions for lowering costs.”  

MARQUETTE, MI--   The newly created U.P. Energy Task Force will first focus on different methods of providing propane to Upper Peninsula residents. 

That’s according to Liesl Clark, Director of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. She says a quarter of Upper Peninsula residents heat their homes with propane, and officials want to know how a disruption in delivery would affect the region.

Clark says that takes into account the possible decommissioning of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.